Ella & Louis | All That Jazz

On April 22, 2017, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra held its Spring into Music Gala.  The event honored Robert C. Garrett, Co-Chief Executive Director of Hackensack Meridian Health, as well as the NJSO’s Music and Wellness Program.  The performance showcased the wonderful talents of conductor, Lee Musiker with trumpeter Byron Stripling and vocalist Marva Hicks.

Over 250 guests enjoyed the gala, which began with a pre-concert cocktail party in the stunning Prudential Lobby of NJPAC. After the cocktail reception guests proceeded to the Chase Room to dine in a beautiful jazz setting filled with beaded candle light.  After the gala events, guests and concertgoers enjoyed the memorable music of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, featuring all-time favorites from “Love is Here to Stay” to “Just One of Those Things” and highlights from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

The NJSO would like to thank all of those who attended and supported the Gala. Their contributions have been vital to the success of this fine performing organization. We are delighted to have exceeded our fundraising goals for the event, which contributes to the NJSO community and education programs throughout New Jersey.

The NJSO Music and Wellness Program The NJSO Music and Wellness program enriches the lives of New Jersey residents by promoting healing through music for patients, staff and caregivers.

Honorary Gala Chairs
Governor Chris Christie
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

Gala Hosts
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees
Linda M. Bowden & David R. Huber, Co-Chairs of the Board

Dinner Chairs
Ruth C. Lipper
Dr. Victor Parsonnet

Auction Chairs
Hope & Alan Danzis

Gala Committee
Elin Mueller
Joe & Sheila Nadler
Jane Parsonnet
Christopher & Theresa Petermann
Norm Slonaker
Mary Jo & Stephen Sichak Jr.
Cecilia Sweeney

Thank you to the following donors, whose very generous support has made the Spring into Music Gala possible.

Event Sponsor


Diamond Sponsors

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A. Michael & Ruth C. Lipper
Lipper Advisory Services
Dr. Victor & Jane Parsonnet

Platinum Sponsors

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Norm Slonaker

Gold Sponsors

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Amy C. Liss
The MCJ Amelior Foundation
Judy & Josh Weston

Gala Supporters
Lloyd & Linda Alterman
Audrey Bartner
Becker Guerry
Deborah Ann Bello
Ann & Stan Boroweic
Linda M. Bowden
Freda Brown
Jennifer Chalsty
Ray & Patti Chambers
F. Patterson & Jean Clark
Carmen Amalia Corrales
Mindy Cohen & David Bershad
Alan & Hope Danzis
Delta Dental of New Jersey
Anna Drago
Robert & Laura Garrett
Dr. Peter Geidel & Mrs. Francesca P. Kubian-Geidel
Christine & Michael Gilfillian
Michael & Jane Griffinger
David & Ellen Huber
Senator & Mrs. Thomas Kean Jr.
Gregory & Jacqueline Khost
Scott & Susan Kobler
Judith Lieberman
M&T Bank
Bill & Paula Marino
McCarter & English, LLP
Montclair State University
Elin Mueller
Joe & Sheila Nadler
Dr. Philip & Ellen Neches
NJM Insurance Group
Christopher & Theresa Petermann
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC
RBC Wealth Management
RWJBarnabas Health
Marcia Sass & Mark Fulcomer
Mary Jo & Stephen Sichak Jr.
Craig Silliman & Kate Ransom-Silliman
Dr. Eve E. Slater and David Pikus
Dr. Cecilia Slater
Don Strangfeld
John & Mary Kay Strangfeld
Cecilia Sweeney
Kate & Kevin Terrell
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Dr. & Mrs. P. Roy Vagelos
Richard & Arlene Vezza
Mary Claire White
Dennis & Dona Wilson
Barbara & Ed Zinbarg

Commitments as of April 22, 2017